The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has received approval to hold the remaining matches of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League in Abu Dhabi, which has created a wave of happiness not only among the fans but also among all the teams.
Due to some issues, the event was once threatened to be postponed, but due to the efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board, the event will now be completed in the United Arab Emirates and the tournament has been approved in Abu Dhabi.
The remaining 20 matches of the sixth edition of the PSL, which was postponed due to corona virus, will be played in Abu Dhabi.
It may be recalled that the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League held in 2016 was held entirely in the United Arab Emirates in which 24 matches were played.
After that, 23 matches of the second edition of the first edition of the league, 31 of the 2018 edition and 26 matches of PSL in 2019 were played in UAE and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium had played 4 matches of Pakistan Super League before that. Has hosted
The fifth edition of the league was played entirely in Pakistan, while the league was postponed on March 4 due to the spread of the corona virus after the first 14 matches of the 2021 edition.
Now with the news of the re-convening of the league, where the faces of the fans have opened, a new wave of enthusiasm has run in all the teams and they have started preparing for the event with full enthusiasm.
The tournament is expected to start in Abu Dhabi on June 5 and the final of the event is likely to take place on June 20. However, the final schedule is expected to be announced by the PCB soon.
The captains of all six teams in the league are now looking forward to fighting for the trophy in the deserts of the United Arab Emirates.
Defending champions Karachi Kings are currently top of the points table with six points after winning three of their five matches.
Interestingly, besides Karachi Kings, three other teams Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars also have six points. Due to better run rate, Karachi Kings have the first position in the points table.
Multan Sultans are in fifth position with just one win in five matches of the event while Quetta Gladiators are at the bottom of the points table.
Karachi Kings captain Emad Waseem said that the resumption of the sixth edition of PSL is very welcome news for the players and fans of the league, we topped the points table in Karachi and now the same performance in the United Arab Emirates. We will try to maintain continuity.
He said that veterans like Martin Guptill and Thisara Perera would take full advantage of joining the squad through the replacement draft of T20 specialist while Sharjeel Khan has also performed well and Mohammad Amir will be the most important weapon of our bowling attack.
The Karachi Kings captain said that playing in the UAE has always been a good experience and they will try to defend the title successfully.
Welcoming the resumption of the league, Peshawar Zalmai captain Wahab Riaz said that Zalmai’s record in the UAE has been excellent and the conditions there have always been conducive for Zalmai.
“Like other teams, we have picked alternate foreign players, Fabian Allen, Roman Powell and Fidel Edwards are T20 specialists and to take advantage of the presence of these three players to play their best in the UAE,” he added. Will try
Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan said that despite the global epidemic of corona virus, holding the remaining matches of the sixth edition of PSL is a big step.
“There are many fond memories of cricket in the UAE,” he said. “United won the inaugural edition played here, while in 2017 I was made part of the national cricket team thanks to my outstanding performance during the event.”
“We are hopeful of doing well again in the UAE and the presence of foreign players like Usman Khawaja has further strengthened our batting line-up,” he said.
Lahore Qalandars captain Sohail Akhtar said that the league matches played in Karachi were very thrilling, although the Qalandars team is currently in the fourth position, but the points of the teams in the first three positions on the points table are the same as Qalandars. ۔
“The remaining matches of the edition in the UAE have given us a rare opportunity to improve our old record on Arab soil and we hope that in addition to Colm Ferguson and James Faulkner, our local players will also excel in the rest of the event,” he said. Will demonstrate the game
Multan Sultans captain Mohammad Rizwan also expressed his determination to play the best game and said that of course our performance in the opening matches of the league played in Karachi was not impressive but after picking the best foreign players in the replacement draft we are now in UAE. Hope for a better game.
Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that the matches played in Karachi were challenging for us but successfully defending the target in the last match before the adjournment of the league had boosted our confidence.
“We will go to the UAE with the same confidence and the pitches and conditions there are always favorable for us,” he said.
“With the arrival of West Indies T20 specialist Andre Russell, our squad will be even stronger,” Sarfraz said.